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Resisting Sin

Through every stage of my life, I’ve struggled with sin. That includes the time before accepting Jesus in my heart and after. As I take each next step, my eyes are opened to something else I need to work on…another part of my sinful nature exposed. There have been times where it seems I’m in a battle with myself: my desire to live a godly life versus my selfish nature.

As I read Paul’s words in Romans, I feel he sums up the plight of every Christian in verse 7:21: “So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.” Isn’t it a bit of a relief to know that even Paul struggled with his own sinful nature? Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that all temptation and sin will be wiped out of our lives. If nothing else, Satan will tempt us even more after we give our lives to Christ. We say it all the time in our church, it is okay to not be okay, but just don’t stay that way.

Paul reminds us that it is only through Jesus Christ that we are rescued from this “body of death”. As long as we live, we will all struggle with our sinful natures, but we can rejoice that we serve a risen Savior that died for our sins and redeems us all! We can rejoice that we serve a patient God who is willing to guide us along one step at a time. We can rejoice that we serve a victorious God so we do not have to be victims to sin.

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